Senate passes Supreme Court family member safety bill
On Monday, the Senate easily approved a bill to extend security protections to immediate family members of Supreme Court justices.
Bill – directed by the senses. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) — passed the Senate unanimously, meaning all 100 senators had to sign off for it to pass without a formal vote.
He is still heading towards the Chamber for the passage now.
“Threats to the physical safety of Supreme Court Justices and their families are shameful, and attempts to intimidate and influence the independence of our judicial system cannot be tolerated,” Cornyn said in a statement. .
“I am pleased that the Senate quickly approved this measure to extend Supreme Court police protections to family members, and the House must pass and pass it immediately,” he added. .
Coons, in a statement, said he was “pleased to see this bipartisan bill passed unanimously by the Senate to extend security protections to the families of Supreme Court Justices.”
The bill would formally allow the U.S. Supreme Court Police to provide round-the-clock protection to family members, consistent with the security enjoyed by some executive and congressional officials.
The bill was introduced by the two senators on Thursday, about three days after the leaked draft ruling, drafted by Judge Samuel Alito, that would strike down the constitutional right to abortion. Politico, citing a source, reported four other justices — Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett — were set to vote with Alito, giving them a majority to overthrow Roe.
The report sparked near-immediate protests outside the Supreme Court, where law enforcement officials then erected an “unscalable” fence.
Groups gathered over the weekend to protest outside the homes of Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts, while one group also plans to hold a “vigil” outside Alito’s home on Monday evening.